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The Galapagos Giant Tortoise Trail

8 Days / 7 Nights

Package Overview

Experience the Galapagos Islands and the famous Giant Tortoise. You will explore the different islands and unique eco-system each island offers. Even within the same islands you will experience the bio-diversity offered. No other destination will give you the same unique experiences you will find on land and under the sea while visiting the Galapagos.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3248.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

TRANSFER IN + INTERPRETATION CENTER + FRIGATE HILL)

After arriving at San Cristóbal Island, we will visit the Interpretation Center, where we will learn more about the origin of the archipelago, its flora, and fauna, the history and stories of its first inhabitants. After that, we will hike for about 2 hours until Frigate Hill, where we will enjoy the endemic vegetation and the beautiful view of the island and its surroundings. The main attraction here are the frigate birds. At the end of the day, we will visit Frigate Bay and do some snorkeling. Return to the hotel. Accommodation at the selected hotel.

Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 2

KICKER ROCK NAVIGABLE TOUR OR ISLAS LOBOS (B, BL)

KICKER ROCK

We will leave early in the morning, after breakfast, to take the boat and visit the Kicker Rock, which is known as one of the best places to do snorkeling and diving in Galapagos. This is because you can see sharks, rays and different types of fishes. After the snorkeling, we will visit one of the following beaches: Playa Ochoa, Playa Puerto Grande or Playa Manglesito. In the afternoon, we will return to San Cristobal for the overnight.

ISLAS LOBOS

We will leave early in the morning, after breakfast, to take the boat and visit Lobos Island. Its name comes from the number of sea lions that can be watched. This island, near to San Cristobal, is not only an ideal spot for snorkeling among sea lions but also for the observation of different kinds of birds like the blue-footed boobies or frigate birds. After all, we will visit the amazing beach at Playa Ochoa. Lunch will be served on board and later on, we will have our own spare time. In the afternoon, we will return to San Cristobal for accommodation.

Day 3

TRANSFER TO SANTA CRUZ – HIGHLANDS – (B, L)

will head to the port to take a speed boat (2,5h) to Santa Cruz Island. Once we arrive in Puerto Ayora, we will take a shuttle to the Highlands of the Islands where we will enjoy its green vegetation. Also, we will visit a Ranch to watch the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. We will lunch at the ranch.

Optional activity with a supplement: After Lunch, we will proceed to leave our “soul print” in the Galapagos Islands, and we will be part of a conservation project in the Island. The program consists of planting your own tree at Primicias Ranch. The tree will have our name on, and afterward, we will receive a certificate for actively supporting in the maintenance of the Galapagos' ecosystem.

After this visit, we will head back to Puerto Ayora to checking-in at the selected hotel.

Day 4

NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO ANOTHER ISLAND (B, L)

(It is possible to choose a different Island of the one picked in the first day)

In these days, we will have the opportunity to choose and take a navigable excursion to one of the nearby islands as an opportunity to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists of a hike around the island and afterward, we can snorkel, swim or just relax. These navigable tours are based on the availability on one of the following tours:

Bartolome Island: We will discover an amazing landscape as well as fascinating geological formations like the Pinnacle Rock. Here we will have an amazing great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are the Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate Birds, characterized by their incredible scarlet regular pouch, the famous blue-footed boobies, and their particular courtship dance as well as the playful sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: This is a small island, yet it has an outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

Accommodations

Day 5

NAVIGABLE EXCURSION TO ANOTHER ISLAND (B, L)

(It is possible to choose a different Island of the one picked in the first day)

In these days, we will have the opportunity to choose and take a navigable excursion to one of the nearby islands as an opportunity to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists of a hike around the island and afterward, we can snorkel, swim or just relax. These navigable tours are based on the availability on one of the following tours:

Bartolome Island: We will discover an amazing landscape as well as fascinating geological formations like the Pinnacle Rock. Here we will have an amazing great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are the Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate Birds, characterized by their incredible scarlet regular pouch, the famous blue-footed boobies, and their particular courtship dance as well as the playful sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: This is a small island, yet it has an outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

Accommodations

Day 6

CHARLES DARWIN STATION – TRANSFER TO ISABELA ISLAND (B)

After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. This center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where we can view and learn more about the tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. In the afternoon, we will take a speedboat and transfer to Isabela Island where we will have the accommodation reserved for the other days.Accommodation in your selected hotel.

Day 7

LOS TUNELES – CAPE ROSE AND TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER (B, BL)

After breakfast, we will visit a unique place in the islands called “Los Túneles” (the tunnels). Our trip starts on board a speedboat for a 45 minutes boat ride. Our experienced captain will securely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure. The Tunnels were formed a million years ago when rivers of liquid lava ran across the island reaching the coast shore. The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid lava kept flowing into the sea. When the eruption finished, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to come inside and creating tunnels. Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and discover the marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, marine turtles among other endemic species from Galapagos. A snack will be served on board. If we are lucky enough, we will have the chance to witness giant manta rays feeding in open waters. Later on, we will return to Isabela and in the afternoon, we will also visit the Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will learn more about the breeding and reproduction of the Tortoises.

Return to and accommodation in your selected hotel.

Day 8

AIRPORT TRANSFER – FLIGHT BACK (B)

Today early in the morning, we will be transferred to the port where we will take an approximate two and a half-hour boat trip to Santa Cruz island. Once we arrive on the island, a tour guide will drive us to Baltra Airport and then assist us with the check-in process on the flight back home.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfer Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Meals noted (as per the program – depending of the meal it can be at the hotel, onboard your boat or at a local restaurant)
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions (English/ Spanish)
  • Private sped boat for the passengers
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Contribution to the local community

 Package Does Not Include

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 per person)
  • Galapagos Migration Card (US$ 20 per person)
  • Optional excursions mentioned in the itinerary as a supplement
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips (it is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses

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General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Floreana Island Tortoise Breeding Center
  • BARTHOLOME ISLAND
  • Charles Darwin Reseach center